The Mission of the Nuneaton Academy Science Department is to coach all our students to be well-informed individuals and leaders in a world that is ever evolving through scientific and technological development. We aim to cultivate an understanding of, and a life-long passion for, the practice of scientific discovery and an obligation to the conscientious application of science, in all our students. We are driven by innovation and excellence in our curriculum, and are committed to preparing our students to be prosperous in Science-related careers that are pivotal in meeting future local, national, and global needs.
In the Science Department we respect teaching as a dynamic, inspired, and scholarly activity. We promote interdisciplinary, integrative teaching and learning through collaborative relationships. Through these alliances, students improve their ability to assimilate knowledge, methods, and perspectives from multiple fields in the Sciences, STEM, Arts, and Humanities etc.
We deliver challenging and stimulating scientific experiences that impart a lifelong curiosity in and admiration of Science while accommodating the variety of upbringings, capabilities, and pursuits of our students.
We are devoted to a hands-on, inquiry based approach to learning through the means of conducting science research. Students are challenged to assemble and apply knowledge as they engage in active and collaborative study.
We endeavour to equip our students for their future by helping them to set personal targets and by providing them with the knowledge, experiences, and professional opportunities necessary to realise their potential.
Years 7 and 8 follow a MAT Curriculum written around the QCA suggested schemes of work as they provide a thorough preparation for the new GCSE. Students study 12 units each year (4 units of each discipline: Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Our bespoke Curriculum gives students a good broad understanding of scientific theory and knowledge and allows students to relate the theory they learn to the world around them. The course emphasises the development of core scientific skills such as explaining and justifying theories as well as thinking and problem solving. Each class has 3 lessons a week; Years 7 and 8 are taught by only one teacher, a Science specialist in all three of the Sciences.
Throughout KS3 we place a great emphasis on carrying out practicals. They provide an exciting way for students to learn about Science and see it in action. Practical’s also enable students to develop a range of skills that are necessary for Science but also useful in other subjects. Students learn how to plan investigations, carry out experiments in a safe, accurate and precise way and then how to analyse and evaluate the information they have collected. Students often work together in Science lessons, developing important team work skills e.g. listening to others and resolving problems together.
Students will be assessed throughout KS3 on their scientific skills and knowledge.
Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE Trilogy Science specification. Those students following both the Combined Science route and the Separate Science route, study Science for five lessons a week (20% curriculum time) in set groups. Combined Science students will gain one GCSE in Science and one GCSE in Additional Science at the end of Year 11. Separate Science students will gain one GCSE in Biology, one in Chemistry and one in Physics at the end of Year 11.
Combined Science (AQA Trilogy):
We believe that this course is particularly suitable for our students who are not taking science at KS5. It covers the same content as other courses but is designed to be taught in shorter topics, as at KS3. This keeps the learning varied meaning that students remain engaged and stimulated by the different topics. The course also makes clear links between the three Sciences so students can fully appreciate the connections between topics and in real life situations. We will often use theory from one Science to help us understand another concept e.g. the chemical reactions that take place in living organisms.
The course is designed to encourage scientific literacy and to develop a range of skills that will enable students to understand and evaluate scientific concepts encountered in everyday life and other contexts.
Practicals remain at the heart of our Science teaching and form an important part of the course. Apart from the usual experiments in lessons, students will complete 16 compulsory practicals and investigations over the two years. These practicals will then be assessed during the final external exams.
Students are externally assessed at the end of Year 11. They sit 4 papers, each worth 25% of the overall grade in either the Foundation or Higher tier. Each test is a 1 hour 45 minute written paper and is made up of multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions.
Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics: AQA exam board):
This leads to three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is particularly suitable for those who wish to study Science post-16 as this path covers the breadth and depth necessary for further study.
In Biology GCSE, students gain a good understanding of Human Biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. The Chemistry GCSE gives the students an opportunity to develop a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affect the local and global environment. The Physics GCSE covers the use and transfer of energy, as well as an insight into the nature of waves, radiation and space, and how physics is applied in the real world we live in.
Students are externally assessed at the end of Year 11. They sit 2 papers, each worth 50% of the overall grade in either the Foundation or Higher tier for each of the Sciences i.e. six in total. Each test is a 1 hour 45 minute written paper and is made up of multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions. Students will also complete 24 compulsory practicals during lesson time over the two year course. Questions on these practicals will be appear in the exam papers.
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Assistant DoL: David Gilbert
Dr Saeed Shah
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